Ex-UN climate chief Pachauri charged with sexual harassment in India

Indian police on Tuesday filed charges against former UN climate change panel chief Rajendra Pachauri for the alleged sexual harassment of a colleague at his think tank in New Delhi.

Pachauri, 75, resigned from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in February last year after his colleague, a researcher at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), made the allegations.

"The chargesheet was filed in the trial court today. Mr Pachauri faces charges which include sexual harassment, outraging the modesty of a woman, stalking and criminal intimidation," a police officer said.

The charges mark the end of the first stage of the investigation and the court will next hear the case on April 23.

According to media reports, police have 23 witnesses, many of them present and former employees of TERI.

The woman, aged 29 at the time, alleged that Pachauri made physical advances and sent her lewd emails and text messages since she started working for the environmental institute in 2013.

An internal committee at TERI found him guilty of misconduct and removed him from his post in July.

Earlier this year, Pachauri was reinstated at a senior position at the institute but was forced to go on indefinite leave following an uproar as a second employee made similar allegations against him.

Pachauri's lawyers have rejected both allegations.

As head of the IPCC, Pachauri collected the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, which was jointly awarded to the panel and former US vice president Al Gore for their work on climate change.

Last update: Tue, 01/03/2016 - 14:41
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